"After General Augusto Pinochet came to power in Chile on September 11, 1973, via a coup d’etat, his military government executed, “disappeared,” or tortured thousands of citizens. The current exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, “Disobedient Objects,” contains a few examples of arpilleras: narrative quilt squares sewn by Chilean women protesting the injustices of the regime."

The Colorful Quilt Squares Chilean Women Used to Tell the Story of Life Under Pinochet

After General Augusto Pinochet came to power in Chile on September via a coup d’etat, his military government executed, “disappeared,” or tor .

The power of small pieces of craft - In Chile durng the dictatorship of Pinochet, women made small "arpilleras" to express their grief at the death or disappearances of their dear ones. Foreigners smuggled them out of the country. These little patchwork messages traveled the world, helped raise international awareness of the brutality of the Pinochet regime, and Amnesty International used them to help build pressure to bring down Pinochet.

The power of small pieces of craft - In Chile durng the dictatorship of…

Arpilleras por la memoria - Bélgica Castro Fuentes | Facebook

Arpilleras por la memoria - Bélgica Castro Fuentes | Facebook

History of Arpilleras

Chilean Arpilleras: A chapter of history written on cloth

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Chilean Arpilleras: A chapter of history written on cloth

Applique piece or Arpillera from Chile showing a family seated around the table and missing one member, accessed August Can be used as resource for students' immigration story comics.

Arpillera: A less traditional arpillera that depicts the plight of the children who were left parentless and the indifference of those who would not see them.(Violeta Morales)

Chilean Arpilleras: A chapter of history written on cloth

Chile’s arpilleras are patchwork tales that bear testimony to the lives of those most affected by the years of military rule. They are pages of the history of Chile, written on cloth.

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Arpillera, Marjorie Agosín: “Centro Abierto / Women at a Soup Kitchen”. The Art of Survival”, An Exhibition of Chilean Arpilleras, Harbour Museum, Derry, Ireland. 2008.

Arpillera, Marjorie Agosín: Centro Abierto / Women at a Soup Kitchen

La Cueca Sola. Another subgroup of the AFDD (Agrupación de los Familiares de los Detenidos-Desaparecidos) was the Conjunto Folklórico. This group of women invoked folklore as another means of telling their tale. In this case, one woman dances the Cueca, Chile's national dance--a courtship dance--alone. The question naturally arises, "but where's her partner?" That is her question precisely. (Violeta Morales)

Chilean Arpilleras: A chapter of history written on cloth

La Cueca Sola. Another subgroup of the AFDD (Agrupación de los Familiares de los Detenidos-Desaparecidos) was the Conjunto Folklórico. This group of women invoked folklore as another means of telling their tale. In this case, one woman dances the Cueca, Chile's national dance--a courtship dance--alone. The question naturally arises, "but where's her partner?" That is her question precisely. (Violeta Morales)

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